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Spider Crab

As if bathed in moonlight, a giant spider crab (Macrocheira kaemferi) is illuminated by a diver's lamp in Japan's Izu Oceanic Park. Protected from some predators by its hard exoskeleton, the creature—which can grow to ten feet (three meters) wide—can also blend in with the ocean floor. Under deeper cover, it can disappear beneath the sponges and other marine life it uses to adorn its shell.

Crown Jellyfish

Crown jellyfish live in all the world's oceans, usually at significant depths. Here, a bright-red specimen samples the shallow waters around Papua New Guinea.


Like a marine Mick Jagger, a rosy-lipped batfish pouts near Costa Rica's Cocos Island. Batfish are poor swimmers, preferring to use their strangely adapted pectoral fins like legs to crawl about the seafloor.

Freckled-faced Blenny

A freckle-face blenny peeks from its reef burrow in the Solomon Islands. Blennies are found throughout the world's ocean, usually in shallow water. Some species are even known to lounge out of the water on rocks.


Frogfish, also called anglerfish, wear some of the most striking colors and ornate physical adornments in the ocean. Here, a crimson-tinted species rests on a reef near the Solomon Islands.

Devil Scorpion Fish

A devil scorpion fish in the Fiji Islands looks sleepy, but it's waiting motionless for unsuspecting prey to swim past before it strikes. The scorpion fish also has poisonous spines used in defines.


Lionfish like this one in Papua New Guinea are native to the reefs and rocky crevices of the Indo-Pacific, although they've found their way to warm ocean habitats worldwide. Their wispy dorsal fins contain toxin-filled needles used to dissuade would-be predators.


Most toadfish wear ornate, fleshy protrusions to blend in with the reefs where they make their home. The three-spined species, shown here in the waters off Western Australia, is among the largest of the toadfish, reaching 12 inches (30 centimetres) long.

Male Blue Ribbon Eel

Tiny teeth and yellow nostrils flash as a male blue ribbon eel opens wide in the Fiji Islands. The expanded nostrils end with fanlike flourishes, and the tip of the eel's lower jaw terminates with three tentacles. But those are not all of its tricks—the ribbon eel also can abruptly change its sex.

Red Irish Lord Fish

The red-spotted eye of a red Irish lord fish stands out in God's Pocket Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. These colorful fish live in the North Pacific and are often found in rocky areas close to shore.

Bearded Scorpion Fish

It's hard to tell which end is up in this close-up of a bearded scorpionfish in the Fiji Islands. This camouflage artist inhabits the western Indian Ocean and lives on coral reefs to depths of 100 feet (30 meters).

Male Peacock Mantis Shrimp

A male peacock mantis shrimp plies the seafloor off Papua New Guinea. These garishly colored crustaceans are favorites of the aquarium trade.

Blue-eyed Crab

A blue-eyed crab nestles in antler coral off Namenalala Island in the Fiji Islands. Antler corals form colonies that can stretch more than three feet (one meter) across.

School of Fish

A school of tiny fish swims past a brain coral formation in the waters around the Seychelles. More than 90 percent of all marine life inhabits in the shallow waters surrounding the Earth's landmasses.


A dazzling pattern of spots and stripes decorates this nudibranch photographed in the Seychelles. Nudibranchs are soft-bodied sea slugs that often wear wildly colorful designs for camouflage and defence.

Portuguese Man-of-war

A Portuguese man-of-war lies on the shore of Miami, Florida. Man-of-war stings can be extremely painful, but are rarely deadly. Their sting is still potent even after death.

Red Brittlestar

A bright red brittlestar clings to a coral head in the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. Sea stars get their name from the five-armed varieties, but species exist that have 10, 20, even 40 arms
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So why not start at the back and work my way forward until I've catched up again?? My last trip that I had was to Kuala Lumpur. Which I wasn't too optimistic about because nobody wanted to swop the three trips that I had there for something decent. Got a Manchester flight in the end, which turned out great, but I was hoping for a Rome or something excotic. Maybe I've still got a lot to learn.

Decided to go shopping in KL. Should have done more sight seeing. Well that'll teach me. To my great dissapointment I got bumped off my second KL flight because I was most junior and the passenger load on the way back from KL to Dubai was too light, in other words I got screwed and have been introduced to the wonderful world of home standby.

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The colour for the month of June is Turqoise.

This is usually deep winter in Bloemfontein and there's nothing else that makes me think more of the Bloemfontein cold and winter than Turqoise. Guess what next month is going to be???
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Okay how embaressing it is when people recognize you from your own blog. But I know I've mentioned this before and it always irritated me when people always said on their blogs that they are going to update their blogs and never do, I think I will be able to make a commitment and start updating, since I've been receiving so many emails from everyone about information about Dubai etc.

Well, this morning I came back from London Gatwick. Although I didn't take in some sight-seeing I did get to do some amazing shopping with my friend Dominique and spend some quality time with her that definately made it worth it. So whenever you are going on a Gatwick layover go to the 99pence, one pound and Primark, that's the places that have the best shopping.

I'm just at my friends house quickly, she's making us some mince and rice, and drinking a nice glass of Amarula with ice. I'm starting to get some flu at the moment, so will definately have to go to the clinic in the morning before my amazing trip to Paris. And I don't want to be sick as I've been waiting for this layover since end of last month.

Just to update quickly I've been able to move just before my leave started, and it's been such a relieve since the apartment is amazing, my new roomies is very nice and it seems like I've finally been able to make a home for myself in Dubai.

Till later au revior...
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Only some of the pictures contain descriptions of the animal in the photo

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Gabs hierdie post is spesiaal vir jou!

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob," "gang," or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats at a time, but some super families have had 50 or more. Meerkats have an average life span of 12-14 years.

Meerkats are primarily insectivores, but also eat lizards, snakes, scorpions, spiders, plants, eggs, small mammals, millipedes, centipedes and, more rarely, small birds. They are partially immune to certain venoms; they are immune to the very strong venom of the scorpions of the Kalahari Desert, unlike humans. They have no excess body fat stores, so foraging for food is a daily need.

Meerkats forage in a group with one "sentry" on guard watching for predators while the others search for food. Sentry duty is usually approximately an hour long. Baby meerkats do not start foraging for food until they are about 1 month old, and do so by following an older member of the group who acts as the pup's tutor. The meerkat standing guard makes peeping sounds when all is well. If the meerkat spots danger, it barks loudly or whistles.

Meerkats become sexually mature at about one year of age and can have 1 to 5 pups in a litter, with 3 pups being the most common litter size. Wild meerkats may have up to four litters per year. Meerkats are iteroparous and can reproduce any time of the year but most births occur in the warmer seasons. The female meerkat can have more than one litter a year. The pups are allowed to leave the burrow at three weeks old. When the pups are ready to emerge from the burrow, the whole clan of meerkats will stand around the burrow to watch. Some of the adolescents might try to show off so they can have more attention than the pups.

Reports show that there is no precopulatory display; the male ritually grooms the female until she submits to him and copulation begins, the male generally adopting a seated position during the act. Gestation lasts approximately 11 weeks and the young are born within the underground burrow and are altricial. The young's ears open at about 15 days of age, and their eyes at 10-14 days. They are weaned around 49 to 63 days. They do not come above ground until at least 21 days of age and stay with babysitters near the burrow. After another week or so, they join the adults on a foraging party.

Usually, the alpha pair reserves the right to mate and normally kills any young not its own, to ensure that its offspring has the best chance of survival. The dominant couple may also evict, or kick out the mothers of the offending offspring.

Meerkats are small burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they leave only during the day. They are very social, living in colonies averaging 20-30 members. Animals in the same group regularly groom each other to strengthen social bonds. The alpha pair often scent-mark subordinates of the group to express their authority, and this is usually followed by the subordinates grooming the alphas and licking their faces. This behavior is also usually practiced when group members are reunited after a short period apart. Most meerkats in a group are all siblings or offspring of the alpha pair.
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This slide show contains more photo’s than the other Weird Nature slide shows, so it might take a bit longer to upload.

But all the photo’s in this slide show contains descriptions of the animals in the photo’s.

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Baby Elephants

Baby elephants are born big, standing approximately three feet (one meter) tall and weighing 200 pounds (91 kilograms) at birth. They nurse for two to three years, and are fully mature at 9 (females) to 15 (males) years of age.

Leopard Cubs

Usually solitary animals, leopard cubs live with their mothers for two years, learning how to hunt. Cubs are born in pairs and are grayish with no discernible spots.

Black Bears

Black bears are excellent climbers, scaling trees to play, hide, eat, and even hibernate.


Female crocs lay their eggs in clutches of 20 to 60 eggs. After the eggs have incubated for about three months, the mother opens the nest and helps her young out of their shells.

Black Bear Cubs

Black bear cubs are born in the winter, but emerge from their dens in the springtime. They are playful and curious, but always under their mother's watchful eye. A mother bear will call to her cubs when danger is present, and is fearless when defending her offspring.

Kodiak Bears

Kodiak bears are a particularly large subspecies of brown bear, endemic only to the Kodiak archipelago off the Alaska coast.

Grizzly Bear

A subspecies of the larger coastal brown bear, the grizzly bear gets its name from the grayish, or grizzled, tips of its fur.

Lesser Bird

The male lesser bird-of-paradise, like others in its genus, has beautiful plumage, which he displays to females in an elaborate courtship dance.

Princess Stephanie Bird

Also known as a paradise magpie, Princess Stephanie's birds of paradise wear striking black feathers.

Count Raggi’s Bird

The Count Raggi's bird of paradise is the national bird of Papua New Guinea.

Ribbon-tailed Bird

Divas of the avian world, elaborately feathered birds of paradise, like this ribbon-tailed species, practice elaborate courtship rituals.

Birdwing Butterfly

Australia’s largest butterfly, the birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) blends into a green leaf. Female birdwings can have a wingspan of nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters).

Eighty-eight Butterfly

A neglected eighty-eight butterfly (Diaethria neglecta) in Brazil’s Pantanal displays the design of lines and dots that gave it its unusual common name.

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Colorful gerbera daisies highlight the rich coloration of a spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus).

Blue Morpho Butterfly

A decorated blue morpho butterfly (Morpho sp.) rests on a leaf. The blue morpho's entire life cycle lasts just 115 days.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The waters of Bali, Indonesia, are home to this otherworldly creature, a peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus). The shrimp feeds by smashing open its prey until it can feed on its tissue.

Spaghetti Worm

It's easy to see how the spaghetti worm (Loimia medusa) got its name. Also called the medusa worm, the spaghetti worm has tentacles that radiate out from its tube center to capture particles of food.

Smooth Trunkfish

A smooth trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter) swims through its coral habitat off Grand Turk Island in the Caribbean. Solitary in nature, the trunkfish blows water out of its mouth to expose prey such as mollusks, crustaceans, worms, and sponges.

Hooded Nudibranchs

As if translucent spaceships in a night sky, hooded nudibranchs pulse in the waters of God's Pocket Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. These sea slugs flex their bodies to swim and can reach lengths of half a foot (15 centimeters).

Goby Fish

A goby fish (Trimma okinawae) peers out of a sea anemone in the Solomon Islands. Gobies are serial sex-changers: They can go through both male and female phases.

Flamingo Tongue Sea Snail

A flamingo tongue sea snail (Cyphoma gibbosum) feeds from the top of a sea fan in the waters off Grand Turk Island. These predatory mollusks leave a noticeable trail of dead coral tissue in their wake.

Green and Black Nudibranch

Komodo National Park in Indonesia showcases a carnival of marine life, including this green-and-black nudibranch, seen here devouring a tunicate. The coloring of these carnivorous mollusks comes from the foods they eat.

Pygmy Seahorse

A Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) takes its place among coral polyps in Indonesian waters. At less than an inch (2.5 centimeters) tall, the seahorse's size and coloration help camouflage it within the gorgonian coral.

Emperor Shrimp and Crab on a Sea Cucumber.

Look closely at this tapestry and you'll find an emperor shrimp and a crab on a sea cucumber. In this symbiotic relationship, seen here on Fiji's Rainbow Reef, the sea cucumber offers camouflaged protection (and possibly a ride) but is not harmed by its neighbors.


A colorful crab and sea urchins make for a psychedelic scene in Clallam Bay, Washington. Marine invertebrates, sea urchins use their spines to move along the seafloor, and crabs are known to be their natural predators.